Tiny Travelers Colombia/Tiny Travelers Lebanon by Steve Wolfe and Susie Jaramillo

Tiny Travelers Colombia by Steven Wolfe Pereira & Susie Jaramillo, illustrated by Meiyee Tan, Abigail Gross, Elizabeth Savanella, Iremayowa Olopade and Crimzon Studio. Encantos, 2021. 9781945635809

Tiny Travelers Lebanon by Steven Wolfe Pereira & Susie Jaramillo, illustrated by Meiyee Tan, Abigail Gross and Crimzon Studio. Encantos, 2021. 9781945635632

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Board book

What did you like about the book? During times where there are still travel restrictions, this series does an excellent job of introducing children to not only general facts about different countries but also various cultural traditions as well. Most books on travel really only give students general geographical information but this series first and foremost introduces places in both Colombia and Lebanon that do not traditionally get covered in children’s picture books. In both books readers are first given a map that features key icons of that country and information about the capital, main languages, currency, and population. After these first two pages, readers will visit different villages and towns in the countries and learn about their traditions and history. The series is also a look and find as readers are encouraged to find a set of items on each page. The illustrations are the best part of this series. They are colorful renditions of the places and things spoken about on those specific pages. The cartoon illustrations are very accurate in their portrayal of the colors, places, and people of Colombia and Lebanon. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No 

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for every little world traveler starting their journey. It is great for ages 4 and older to begin teaching geography and about different cultures.

Who should buy this book? Daycares and elementary schools

Where would you shelve it ? Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA 

Date of review: September 24, 2021 

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